Hot & Cold Lightning

  • Mar 5, 2015 5:25am GMT

As the F-35 approaches its IOC debut for the U.S. Marine Corps this year, it must be tested at the McKinley Climate Testing Laboratory climatic chamber. In the first video F-35 Flight Test Engineer Eric Fadely explains how the team simulates a day’s worth of solar exposure at 120 degrees F and puts the jet through simulated operations to ensure its avionics still function despite extreme heat exposure. The photos (below) show the F-35 in the extreme cold. In the second Lockheed Martin video go behind the scenes with Test Pilot Billie Flynn and see what happens from the pilots perspective.